Last season we left off seeing Vince seriously unsure of Ari’s motives and when Ari messed things up with Bob Ryan (Martin Landau) and subsequently the Ramones project got sold to Warner's – things sink further. Turtle wasn’t fairing much better. His Saigon project died when Saigon signed with a different manager, but Vince assuaged his mood by scoring him a pair of very limited edition sneakers – only cost him $20,000. Now, that’s cheap money if Vince was going to do Aquaman 2, Medellin, or the aforementioned Ramones deal. But since all three projects went to shit – well, those are Damn Expensive Kicks that Turtle now owns.
Drama however got a great part in an Ed Burns pilot, having real success in a scene with complicated blocking and a long monologue. The only buzz kill in this scenario is when Drama employed Turtle’s sure-fire relaxation technique (whacking off before shooting the scene); the crew outside his trailer could hear the moans and groans, via Drama’s live mike.
Meanwhile, Vince and E had been taking meetings with other agencies, just to keep options open. They were excited, but are soon put off by the same kind of hard advertising campaigns that every agency proposes. Eventually they connected with Ari, who called them in to his office. Vince and E expected an apology from Ari, regarding the muck-ups with Warner's and Bob Ryan. Instead they were treated to a hard-sell campaign, exactly the same concept that they disliked from the other agencies. The boys rise and exit, but not before firing Ari.
This was huge.
Season Four begins with a finally employed Drama posing in front of a huge billboard advertising his new series Five Towns. Typical Drama, trying to act nonchalant, but anxiously hoping someone will recognize him. The guy is so full of himself, yet he’s likeable in his desperation-fringed maneuvering.
We also see that things have moved along for Vince. He has new representation, the lovely Amanda (Carla Gugino). She takes him and the boys to the Lakers game for Vince’s birthday gift – they see Ari across the floor and it’s a little awkward.